Terrestrial solar inverter designers, manufacturers and installers must ensure that their products are capable of extracting and delivering all the power that is available from the solar panels to which they are attached. Power available from a solar panel is highly dependent on its illumination and temperature. The maximum available power is known as the maximum power point (MPP), which changes with operating conditions. For inverter design, development and qualification purposes, it is critical to test with an array of MPPs. Obtaining a full range of MPPs from a solar module requires exposure to a predictable, repeatable and broad range of illumination and temperature conditions for extended periods. This is not practical in the test environment by using a physical solar module. This presentation discusses solar array simulation as a reliable test solution for providing MPPs representing real-life environmental conditions.

Duration: One hour

Who should view this webcast:
Designers/manufacturers/installers of inverters, microinverters and solar power systems for residential and commercial terrestrial solar applications.

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Gary Raposa, Application Engineer, Agilent Technologies, System Products Division

Gary Raposa received his BSEE from Rutgers College of Engineering in 1980 and an MSEE from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1983. He joined Agilent Technologies (then, Hewlett-Packard) in 1980 and has worked as a manufacturing engineer, R&D engineer, and power test system design engineer, and presently works as an application engineer. In each assignment Gary was involved in working on power products such as DC power supplies, electronic loads, AC sources, and power test systems.